Support Palm Oil Labeling

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Palm Oil is an edible vegetable oil that grow in Asia, Latin America and West Africa. Around 90% of the world's oil palm trees are found on a few islands in Malaysia and Indonesia. It is a popular ingredient that companies have the tendency to use in their products such as Kit Kat, Air Wick, Oreo, L'Oreal, Pepsi Co, Kellogg's,Colgate-Palmolive, Mars, Nestlé, Pringles, Skittles...

The problem is currently in New Zealand consumers do not know which products contain either unsustainable or sustainable Palm Oil. It is unsustainably sourced which has impacted on animal species that are now at risk such as Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers, Orangutans,..  Almost 80% of Orangutan's habitat has disappeared in the last 20 years. We are losing over 6,000 Orangutans a year. There are now only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. Furthermore, Palm Oil production is the largest cause of deforestation where forests are destroyed by cutting trees (logging) and are not being replanted. In the last 20 years, over 3.5 million hectares of Indonesian and Malaysian forest have been destroyed.

We strongly believe that New Zealand Parliament should consider a bill to make it mandatory for single ingredient products to label whether or not a product contains unsustainable or sustainable Palm Oil. To know if a product use sustainable Palm Oil, companies should follow the logo of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that they have been used. 

To lessen the impact, looking for products that only contain sustainable Palm Oil is a good start. However, in New Zealand there are no regulations to labeling Palm Oil, so companies can disguise Palm Oil as vegetable oil. Currently in the USA, Canada and UK/EU, it is mandatory on food products to specifically disclose Palm Oil products. We believe New Zealand should also have these requirements. 

Therefore, we hope that we can get more the attention from everyone to solve the issue  for having better environment and animals will not be at risk.